Summer camps dismay students in hot, dry weather
Islamabad: Summer camps that are aimed at keeping the students in touch with studies are now annoying for majority of them because of the scorching heat and dry weather.
Different educational institutions especially private schools arrange summer camps to help students in studies and stimulate their creativity.
Amir a parent of a school going boy said children dreamt about summer vacation during which they have a lot of time to play games, go for outing, watch movies and sleep when they want to. “We wonder why summer holidays are announced when we have to trudge through summer camps with all notebooks and text books to write, memorize and do all the burdensome math exercises and quirky science questions,” a student Zaheer said. Summer vacation are inevitable as sun burns hot in months of June, July and August and for students it is difficult to continue studies in unbearably sultry rooms and travel in high temperatures. An official told APP that Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) would not hold summer camps this year due to the severity of weather.
FDE used to hold summer camps in the past while some private schools came up with the idea of arranging online classes so that students could keep in touch with their studies while staying in the safe environment of their homes.
However, while expressing his views a student said: “Holidays are holidays and what satisfaction there is even if they are told repeatedly that summer camps are for their own good as practice makes perfect and the effort will result in good marks in examinations.”
Teachers have best interest of students in their mind but even that sincerity is not enough and students and parents are divided over the issue.
Some think holding classes in summer camps help students to retain the knowledge gained in the past months. But the critics say summer camps are a kind of over schooling and they believe that children need two three months of holidays to relax.
In this time students also keep away from problems they face in schools where they often have to bear teachers punishment, and stress while making effort to come up to the expectations of others in studies and examinations.
A portion of students wants to spend vacation on their own but schools have different plans.
Shagufta, a private school teacher said the camps are organized with very specific activities in mind.
The camps are mandatory for students, who had to appear in board examinations of fifth, eighth and matric classes, she added.
Most parents approve such camps but many have reservations about camps for little children at montessori level or early stages of schooling.
Like in everything, it comes to what kind of resources you have to plan summer vacations for kids.
Expensive schools offer fun filled and interesting activities like painting classes, swimming and games during summer camps.
But while at home, children can do a lot, they can remain glued to their television or play all the video games with all the super heroes fighting evil while going through holidays work at a leisurely pace.
And if nothing is satisfying enough, families can pack their bags, check list of relatives that they can visit and take off. app